China Cleantech 生态创新 is a podcast that features China-connected cleantech innovations and innovators. Co-hosts Andrew Chang and Marilyn Waite offer critical commentary of green economy endeavors that impact the world’s decarbonization efforts.
Check out the first two seasons wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Season three will be available in Autumn 2021.
The China narrative in English-speaking media is often replete with misinformation.
Reaching Paris climate goals will be impossible if the US and China, the two largest polluters in the world aren’t taking significant steps towards decarbonization.
China is now the leading producer of solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles.
The Chinese cleantech ecosystem is a market the world can’t afford to ignore.
In our last episode of Season 2, we speak with Dr. Ma Jun, founder and president of the Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS) in Beijing. IFS brings together leading finance experts at the national and local levels in China to promote green finance. Areas of focus include International Collaboration, Energy and Climate Change, ESG Investment, Greentech Innovation and Investment, and Financing Nature-Based Solutions. In addition to their domestic work, they also support green finance internationally, especially along the Belt and Road. In addition to leading IFS, Ma Jun is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and is the former Chief Economist of their research bureau.
Learn about the origins of IFS, the financial policies that can help China decarbonize the economy, and what’s in store for the next five years of aligning the Chinese economy with an ecological civilization. In this last episode, we answer the question of how much China needs to invest each year to reach its net zero goal. And Marilyn and Andrew tell us how they really feel about green taxonomies.
Andrew Chang supports the global development of New Energy Nexus with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and China. Andrew currently has led the re-brand for New Energy Nexus, was the marketing lead for Free Electrons and the Program Director for The Battery Challenge by LG Chem. Prior to New Energy Nexus, Andrew was a Project Manager at Powerhouse, the world’s only incubator and accelerator dedicated to intelligent energy. Andrew has helped Powerhouse quickly become the nation’s leader in fostering solar innovation and entrepreneurship by hosting annual Solar Hackathons in Silicon Valley, launching Australia’s first Solar Hackathon, leading international competitions and designing the accelerator program for solar startups. Lastly, Andrew’s extensive marketing experiences comes from 3+ years at two internationally renowned advertising agencies; TBWA China and Y&R Shanghai. He managed accounts with Porsche, Pepsi, Bacardi and Adidas. His most notable achievement was managing and pitching Pantone ‘The Power of Color’ creative that won Bronze at Cannes in 2014.
Marilyn Waite leads the climate and clean energy finance portfolio at the Hewlett Foundation, covering the markets of China, Europe, and the United States. An avid writer and communicator, she is author of Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference and The Innovators column on GreenBiz. Marilyn also serves on various clean energy and investment boards, including COI Energy and the Kachuwa Impact Fund. Marilyn previously led the energy practice at the venture capital firm Village Capital, modeled and forecasted energy solutions to climate change as a senior research fellow at Project Drawdown, and served in a number of roles in nuclear and renewable energy at Orano (formerly AREVA). She taught sustainable business at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing and worked in a number of capacities throughout China. She holds a Masters Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. Marilyn is a citizen of France, Jamaica and the United States and is excited to elevate the voices of Chinese climate tech entrepreneurs throughout the English-speaking world.
Seasons 1 and 2 of China Cleantech are sponsored by Southern Asset Management
Southern Asset Management was officially established in 1998 as one of the first domestic asset management companies approved and regulated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, which symbolizes the start of the nation’s “New Golden Era for Funds”. It has integrated ESG principles into business operation and investment process. In June 2018, Southern Asset Management became a signatory to Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Meanwhile, as a member of the council of China ESG Leaders Association, Southern Asset Management works with other business leaders, promoting ESG investment in China.